Literally Busting Cubs Upside Their Heads

Cub busters

There’s been some talk about brawls lately involving the Padres. I’m not sure why that is, but I figured I’d better get in on it before it gets to be a tiresome subject.

What? It’s already a tiresome subject? Well, screw it. I’m going to write something about it anyway.

Vocal Minority brought up the Padres’ 1984 brawl with the Braves, where the legend of Shirtless Ed Whitson came from. But I also remember the brawl on July 7, 1987 with the Cubs in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

And, wouldn’t you know it? The Padres are playing this week in Chicago, at Wrigley Field, and against the Cubs.

What are the odds?*

*100 percent

From the July 8, 1987 Orlando Sentinel, via the Google:

Basebrawl In Chicago Cubs Down Padres Despite Beanball Battle, 7 Ejections

Chicago Cubs right-fielder Andre Dawson lay motionless beside the plate, spewing blood after San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show plunked him in the face with a fastball in the third inning of Chicago’s 7-5 victory Tuesday.

The beaning had an effect on Dawson’s teammates. Pitcher Rick Sutcliffe burst from the dugout. A bench-clearing brawl ensued. Five Cubs players (Sutcliffe, Greg Maddux, Manny Trillo, Dawson and Scott Sanderson), a coach (Johnny Oates) and Manager Gene Michael were ejected during the course of the game.

Dawson was taken to a hospital after sustaining a cut on the left upper lip and a bruise on the left cheek. First-base umpire Charlie Williams said it appeared that one of Dawson’s teeth cut through his upper lip.


Look at Shawon Dunston playing the role of Matt Kemp, except for the whole former league MVP thing.

Reports of Dunston getting held back by a Shirtless Ed Whitson in the player’s parking lot have never been confirmed.

Dawson at least had something of a reason to want to behead Show, seeing as he was nearly beheaded.


The AP report from the same day, via the New York Times and the Google:


Andre Dawson and Benito Santiago were hit by pitches in a beanball exchange today during a game between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Five Cub players, Manager Gene Michael and Johnny Oates, a coach, were ejected during Chicago’s 7-5 victory.

Dawson was hit in the face by a pitch from the Padres’ Eric Show in the third inning, touching off a bench-clearing melee. Dawson suffered a lacerated lip and a contusion of the left cheekbone. A hospital report said there was no fracture.

In the fourth inning, with two out and nobody on base, the Cubs’ pitcher, Greg Maddux, hit Santiago with a pitch. Both Maddux and Michael were ejected.

Dawson, who had hit two home runs Monday, hit a homer in the first inning, his 24th of the season and seventh against the Padres. After Paul Noce hit a homer in the third, Show hit Dawson in the mouth on a 1-1 pitch.

As Dawson stayed on the ground face down, the Cubs’ pitcher, Rick Sutcliffe, dashed out of the dugout and went after Show. Order was restored until Dawson, bleeding from the lip, went after Show and the teams resumed fighting in front of the Padres dugout.


And there’s Gene Michael playing the role Don Mattingly, except for that whole former All-Star player thing.


Gaslamp Ball also has a halfway decent recap here from jbox.


Unfortunately, it seems that the video of the brawl has been taken down. I can’t find it anywhere.

This is the best photo I was able to find.


As Cubs Ron Davis, center right, struggle with Padres Eric Show, center, teammates Leon Durham, left, and Ed Lynch, center, behind, and third base coach John Vukovich, right, get involved in a bench-clearing brawl after Cubs Andre Dawson was hit in the face with a pitch by Eric Show during the third inning, Tuesday, July 7, 1987, Chicago, IL.

In summation, Shirtless Ed Whitson will always be shirtless. Andre Dawson is a Hall of Famer. Eric Show is deceased.

And Rick Sutcliffe is still not that busy, man… Not that busy.

George Clooney!


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